Senior Professional Educator and Lead Professional Educator Licenses

In 2009, Ohio restructured its teacher licensure system and established a new career ladder for educators. The new four-tiered system provides opportunities for teachers to advance in their professional careers and serve as school improvement leaders, without leaving the teaching profession. The senior professional educator license and lead professional educator license are advanced steps on the career ladder.

Requirements for the Senior Professional Educator License

  • Master's degree;
  • Nine years of experience under a standard teaching license or certificate, of which at least Five years are under a professional/permanent license/certificate; and
  • Demonstration of effective practice at the accomplished or distinguished level of performance as defined in the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession; specifically, by successful completion of the Master Teacher portfolio.

Requirements for the Lead Professional Educator License

  • Master's degree;
  • Nine years under a standard teaching license or certificate, of which at least five years are under a professional/permanent license/certificate or senior professional educator license; and
  • Demonstration of effective practice at the distinguished level of performance defined in the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession; specifically, by holding active National Board Certification, OR, successful completion of the Master Teacher portfolio and the Teacher Leader Endorsement.

Additional Information

A chart outlining requirements for each level of Ohio's four-tiered licensure structure.

Last Modified: 10/8/2014 3:43:28 PM